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How Did It Get Like This?

If you have worked in a variety of positions or spent enough time at several different companies, you will go to work one day and hear someone say, “how did it get like this?” If there is an absence of leadership, a lack of communication, or a fatal flaw that goes unaddressed, issues can spin out of control. As one person passes the buck, pushing the responsibility down the road to the next person in line, a fine tuned operation can come to a screeching halt.

For every person will have to bear (be equal to understanding and calmly receive) his own [little] load [of oppressive faults].  Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his support], Galatians 6:5-6.

In a letter to the Church at Galatia, the apostle Paul unveils the ideal scenario, followed by a root cause. When you share what you learn with others daily, positive things begin to happen. However, if you drift off course by becoming self-absorbed, the only thing these individuals care about is getting what is theirs. When self-promotion becomes a higher priority than doing what’s best for your team, it’s only a matter of time before things fall apart.

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life, Galatians 6:7-8.

Throughout scripture, sowing is used as a metaphor for one’s actions and reaping is the end result of these actions, A modern way of expressing this principle is that you get what you put into it. When corners are cut, standards are not followed, and procedures disregarded to save money, chaos will soon follow. Therefore, if you want to make a difference at your school or work, sow according to God’s Spirit so that eternal treasures will rain down from heaven.

by Jay Mankus

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